AN BORD Pleanála has given the go ahead for a new €1m. pedestrian bridge over the River Moy in Ballina.
The bridge will cross the river upstream of the salmon weir and will tie in with amenity and recreation developments in the area.
An appeal had been taken to An Bord Pleanala by Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment who asked the Bord to direct Ballina Town Council to prepare an environmental impact statement on the project.
An Bord Pleanála said that having considered all submissions and observations made to it and the report of their own inspector it was considered the proposed development would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Mr Noel Burke, senior engineer, yesterday (Mon) welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála and added that he was satisfied all along the Council had carried out its statutory obligations.
He added that they would now make arrangements to have the bridge constructed as quickly as possible.
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